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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
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10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
25 Reasons

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh - who didn’t want to... 
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9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
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Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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How to Find Game Deals

The best part about the holiday season is that everyone you know has some sort of time off of work or school. When you were younger, time off always meant video game marathons with friends.

I’m a grown-up, human, father-type and it still means the same thing for me. And now that I’ve got a son who is as equally jazzed about playing games as I am, time off of school and work means that we are going to turn off all the lights, sit on the floor in our boxers, and play games until our eyes bleed.

Or until dinner. I mean, whatever’s cool.

Since I’m all grown-up and semi-responsible, I’m more interested these days in finding deals on video games. Sometimes, I won’t buy a video game right away because I’m deterred by the price. And especially now, with developers piecemealing games through DLC schemes a couple dollars at a time, discounts help the burn your wallet feels when you shell out cash on games.

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Kids Don't Understand

Throughout my life, I’ve watched a ton of wonderfully nerdy movies that really stayed with me. They’re the movies that I’ll watch whenever I see them on TV, and they’re the first movies I search for on streaming services when I’m bored.

Sometimes, it breaks my nerd heart to not be able to share everything with my son all at once. But he simply won’t understand some of my nerd nostalgia movies. He was born into an era of iPhones and digital downloads. I came from the days of the diskette.

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Episode 050: Robot Finger
Movie(s) Available!

In this week’s episode we talk about robot fingers in our butts, Thanksgiving and holiday traditions, and holiday movies.

We mentioned these:

Robots: LA Auto Show (Jalopnik)
Robots: Lowe’s (The New Yorker)
Robots: Amazon (CBS News)
Robots: Tennessee Robot Houses (Popular Science)
Robots: Colbert Report Auto Robotic Fixation (Colbert Report)
Robots: TGI Fridays (Consumerist)

Tony Hawk Hoverboarding (YouTube)

John Denver Muppets Christmas Special (YouTube)

A Muppet Family Christmas (IMDB)

The Christmas Toy (YouTube)

Wolfenstein 3D (YouTube)

TSA Instagram (TSA)

BD Wong in Jurassic World  (Nerd Reactor)

Handmade Hero (Laughing Squid)

 

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Let us know in the comments – and if you share one of ours, comment RIGHT ON THE PODCAST (!!!) above.

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Dad Doge Meme

A new study suggests that even when dads are prepared for (and intuitive about) fatherhood, their engagement with their new baby still depends on mom.

Professor Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan and her team at The Ohio State University found in their study of 182 expectant, dual-earner couples that dads are more heavily engaged with their infants specifically when mom is not.

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It’s said that little girls mature emotionally faster than boys. Buy why? Is it in their genes? Or is it how we talk to them?

Do mothers and fathers use different, more emotional language with their children? Does it change based on the child’s age and gender? Does mom use different language than dad? Spoiler alert: yes.

The British Journal of Developmental Psychology published a study this month that doles out the deets.

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In this week’s episode we talk about arcades, game lounges, more about Archeage, World of Warcraft, Mario Brothers movie, online security, social media/phones for kids & Dave Pollot art.

We mentioned these:

From 8BitDad: My Son Missed Out On the Golden Age of Video Game Arcades (8BitDad)

Two boys allegedly molested in Dave & Busters bathroom; man charged (LA Times)

World of Warcraft: Looking For Group Trailer (YouTube)

The World Of Warcraft Movie Just Announced These Actors And Characters (CinemaBlend)

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Super Mario Bros. Trailer (YouTube)

Fantastic Four’s new Doctor Doom is an angry guy on the Internet (A.V. Club)

Dave Pollot Repurposed Thrift Art (Etsy)

Game: Halo Master Chief Collection (Halo Waypoint)

Game: ArcheAge (Trion)

Game: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (Battle Net)

 

Are we totally right or totally wrong? Comment below OR directly on the podcast above!

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Why Did U Leave Me, Arcades

I can’t think of old style video game arcades without getting a little misty. Those loud, dark rooms, packed with upright arcade machines, all singing to themselves, ready to explode when someone dropped a quarter into them…it was magic.

A magic that, frankly, kids these days don’t get.

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Disney Infinity MOAR Females

If you’ve got a daughter, you’ve no doubt thought about the representation of women in video games. Maybe some of your daughters have explicitly asked to play a game “as a girl.” Maybe you just want to teach your daughter that women aren’t relegated to the sidekick or the “princess in distress.” Maybe you just want more characters at your disposal.

Whatever the reason, you’ll be pleased with the Disney Infinity franchise. The Disney Infinity 2.0 launch has added a new handful of female characters, bringing the current tally of playable female characters to 14. It’s quite possibly the most female-inclusive video game ever.

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